Among the most popular cable channels these days are those dedicated to food, cooking and dining. In honor of the holiday season, the Shelbyville Central High School library celebrated cooking in December.
Librarians Dona Northcutt and Heather Richards assemble a themed display each month to encourage students to read.
Cookbooks have surged in popularity in libraries nationally. According to Library Journal, two thirds of librarians say cookbooks are among their most popular category of non-fiction books circulated.
Students in Food Services class, led by Jamie Tudor, assisted with the display, creating hand-made treats to share with the faculty. "I really enjoy the class and making the food for the faculty as a thank you for their hard work," said student Chelsea Vaughn.
The display featured various cookbooks, fiction books with a cooking element, and an assortment of cooking items.
"This was an excellent opportunity for the library to collaborate and showcase a class that provides useful hands on training to our students in the art of cooking and overall food management," said Tudor.
"With today's fast-pace life style, having time to cook is rare. Therefore, for many it may be becoming a lost art," Northcutt said.
Driving the interest are the popularity of cooking shows as well as increasing interest in special diets such as vegan and gluten-free.
Richards added, "While many people may not have time to cook, they certainly enjoy watching the wide variety of chefs now featured on television."